The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently published an article regarding the argument of union organizing by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The article, titled “West End Security Firm Says Union Organizing Effort by the SEIU Unnecessary,” discusses how the SEIU approached a security firm asking them to sign neutrality agreement saying they would not oppose the union from organizing their workers.

The article reports that “in practice, the employer may not interfere with unionization by limiting employees’ ability to talk about unionization. Employers aren’t allowed to question employees about union activities and they aren’t allowed to promise money or buy their way out of unionization.”

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Labor & Employment Shareholder Peter J. Ennis told the publication that as soon as a business knows that it is subject to an organizing campaign, that business has to continue to run their business as usual.

“If you know of union organizing and you take steps to address employees’ grievances or concerns, that could be an unfair labor practice,” Peter says. 

Read the full article - “West End Security Firm Says Union Organizing Effort by the SEIU Unnecessary” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3/10/2015)